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  • November 24, 2010
  • 01:16 PM

Light does matter

by Joerg Heber in All That Matters

Light is special. In our everyday experience it behaves like a wave, which gets reflected, refracted and shows interference with other light of the same wavelength. At the same time, light also consists of particles, so-called photons. This duality is quite fundamental: the Hanbury Brown and Twiss experiment for example only works because of the [...]... Read more »

Klaers, J., Schmitt, J., Vewinger, F., & Weitz, M. (2010) Bose–Einstein condensation of photons in an optical microcavity. Nature, 468(7323), 545-548. DOI: 10.1038/nature09567  

  • November 24, 2010
  • 01:15 PM

Happy Thanksgiving! Feed Your Guests Wisely

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

It’s that time of year again: turkey, stuffing, and gravy! As you prepare your Thanksgiving meal for family and friends, heed this warning from an upcoming article in Psychological Science: ... Read more »

Eskine, K., Kacinik, N., . (2011) A Bad Taste in the Mouth: Gustatory Disgust Influences Moral Judgment. Psychological Science. info:/

  • November 24, 2010
  • 12:17 PM


by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

It’s time to get small. Scientists should pay more attention to invasions by exotic viruses, bacteria, fungi and other microbes, a new study argues. It also offers a road map for the research needed to figure out which microbes are likely to become successful invaders, and which ecosystems might be at risk.
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  • November 24, 2010
  • 12:00 PM

Pharma industry could thrive in open

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

The pharmaceutical industry is facing tough times. The patents for many of the billion-dollar blockbuster drugs have expired, generics have taken market share. Health insurance companies and national health services are under increasing pressure to cut costs. Manufacturers and governments in the developing world are either ignoring intellectual property rights totally and producing generics for [...]Pharma industry could thrive in open is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Ram Subramanian, Jeffrey H. Toney, & C. Jayachandran. (2011) The evolution of research and development in the pharmaceutical industry: toward the open innovation model – can pharma reinvent itself?. Int. J. Business Innovation and Research, 5(1), 63-74. info:/

  • November 24, 2010
  • 11:49 AM

Indian population genetics study published in Genome Biology

by Tara Cronin in BioMed Central Blog

Population genetics have revolutionized human anthropology, with differences in the DNA sequences between existing populations allowing for the retracing of human migration over time. In a new population genetics study published in Genome Biology, the labs of Lynn B Jorde and Fuli Yu present evidence for an ancient northern migration route out of Africa taken by the common ancestors of Eurasians, from whom today’s East Asians, Europeans and Indians are descended. Their data also support a “........ Read more »

Jinchuan Xing, W Scott Watkins, Ya Hu, Chad D Huff, Aniko Sabo, Donna M Muzny, Michael J Bamshad, Richard A Gibbs, Lynn B Jorde and Fuli Yu. (2010) Genetic diversity in India and the inference of Eurasian population expansion . Genome Biology, 11(11). info:/

  • November 24, 2010
  • 11:49 AM

Supply Chain Risk Management Dissertations (Supply Chain Design: Capacity, Flexibility and Wholesale Price Strategies)

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

This is the forth contribution to my series on doctoral dissertations on Supply Chain Risk Management. An immense effort and dedication is spent on these works only to find the results hidden in the libraries. So the goal is raise interest in the research of my peers.

Author / Topic
This dissertation was written by Brian Tomlin in 1999 as his doctoral thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. It can be downloaded here at his homepage at his current employer (Tuck........ Read more »

Brian T. Tomlin. (2000) Supply Chain Design: Capacity, Flexibility and Wholesale Price Strategies. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dissertation. info:/

  • November 24, 2010
  • 10:56 AM

This “Week” in the Universe: November 9th – November 22nd

by S.C. Kavassalis in The Language of Bad Physics

Astrophysics and Gravitation:
Fundamental constants: Big G revisited
Davis, R. (2010). Fundamental constants: Big G revisited Nature, 468 (7321), 181-183 DOI: 10.1038/468181b

Credit: Nature. a, A spherical 'source mass' (ms) is brought near a pendulum's spherical bob (the 'test mass', mt) and causes the bob to move a small distance z from its usual resting position (grey). The gravitational force between the two masses (left side of equation), which depends on Newton's........ Read more »

Galaxy Zoo. (2010) Galaxy Zoo Supernovae. arXiv. arXiv: 1011.2199v2

Andresen, G., & et al. (2010) Trapped antihydrogen. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature09610  

Belgiorno, F., Cacciatori, S., Clerici, M., Gorini, V., Ortenzi, G., Rizzi, L., Rubino, E., Sala, V., & Faccio, D. (2010) Hawking Radiation from Ultrashort Laser Pulse Filaments. Physical Review Letters, 105(20). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.203901  

Alberto S. Cattaneo, & Florian Schaetz. (2010) Introduction to supergeometry. arXiv. arXiv: 1011.3401v1

Benjamin Bahr, Bianca Dittrich, & Song He. (2010) Coarse graining theories with gauge symmetries. arXiv. arXiv: 1011.3667v1

  • November 24, 2010
  • 10:40 AM

CSI Las Vegas. Beware with Aureobasidium

by Manuel Sánchez in Bugs and Movies

n the episode "Let the seller beware" from CSI Las Vegas the presence of the fungus Aureobasidium pullulans in a crime scene helps Grissom and his boys to resolve the case.... Read more »

  • November 24, 2010
  • 10:22 AM

Ejaculation as Defined by Hegemonic Masculinity

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

While much is written about the symbolism of the phallus, little, it would seem, is written about the complex relationship between the ejaculation process and hegemonic masculinity. Johnson (2010) wishes that we would all think more about how masculine ideals sustain and are sustained by this highly gendered, bodily function.... Read more »

  • November 24, 2010
  • 10:22 AM

This Thanksgiving, Make a Wish on a Dinosaur

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

Tomorrow families all over the United States will be taking part in the ritualized, yearly tradition of dinosaur dissection. Granted, “Thanksgiving” is a much better name than “Annual Dinosaur Dissection Day“, but the fact of the matter is that the turkey on the table has a lot in common with its prehistoric, dinosaurian predecessors. You [...]... Read more »

Nesbitt, S., Turner, A., Spaulding, M., Conrad, J., & Norell, M. (2009) The theropod furcula. Journal of Morphology, 270(7), 856-879. DOI: 10.1002/jmor.10724  

H.F. Osborn. (1924) THREE NEW THEROPODA, PROTOCERATOPS ZONE, CENTRAL MONGOLIA'. American Museum Novitates. info:/

  • November 24, 2010
  • 10:11 AM

From Natyural to Nacheruhl: Utterance Selection and Language Change

by Wintz in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Most of us should know by now that language changes. It’s why the 14th Century prose of Geoffrey Chaucer is nearly impenetrable to modern day speakers of English. It is also why Benjamin Franklin’s phonetically transcribed pronunciation of the English word natural sounded like natyural (phonetically [nætjuɹəl]) . . . → Read More: From Natyural to Nacheruhl: Utterance Selection and Language Change... Read more »

  • November 24, 2010
  • 09:24 AM

Jaundice and autism: It depends of when you’re born.

by Nestor Lopez-Duran PhD in Child-Psych

Many parents of children with autism may remember answering a long list of questions regarding their child’s early development during their autism evaluations: Was he/she premature? Were there any complications? Jaundice?  Most often these questions are asked to gather information about other possible developmental factors that may explain the symptoms. Thus, this neonatal information is [...]... Read more »

Maimburg, R., Bech, B., Vaeth, M., Moller-Madsen, B., & Olsen, J. (2010) Neonatal Jaundice, Autism, and Other Disorders of Psychological Development. PEDIATRICS, 126(5), 872-878. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2010-0052  

  • November 24, 2010
  • 08:02 AM

Maybe it really is better to apologize than to ask permission…

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

While we cannot all apologize as well as David Letterman, the importance of a good apology cannot be over-emphasized in the process of moving on from prior bad acts. We’ve written about apology in the context of litigation advocacy a number of times on this blog.  But now, two researchers have almost simultaneously come up with [...]

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“Aggression genes”, Asperger’s and Absolution (for criminal acts)
The Jury Expert for May 2010 is uploaded
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Allen, R.J., & Laudan, L. (2010) The Devastating Impact of Prior Crimes Evidence – And Other Myths of the Criminal Justice Process. SSRN. info:/

  • November 24, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

YouTube EDU: There is more to YouTube than Justin Bieber’s Video

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

On October 28th 2010, YouTube subscribers base reached 1 billion, helping to make it the third most popular website in the world. YouTube is a video-sharing website that allows user to upload, share and view videos online. On the main YouTube site, one can find videos on a wide variety of subjects matters from music [...]... Read more »

Colman, D. (2009) Introducing YouTube EDU. Blog post. info:/

  • November 24, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Schizophrenia and Obesity: Understudied and Underserved

by Arya M. Sharma in Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

Regular readers will recall the importance of mental health problems in the context of obesity. Not only can mental health problems (and often their treatments) promote weight gain but they can also pose significant barriers to weight management.
This is particularly true for individuals with schizophrenia, who are particularly vulnerable to poverty, substance abuse, metabolic syndrome, [...]... Read more »

  • November 24, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Defeating the deathstalker: How bats snack on scorpions

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

“Do not be distracted by the pincers when it is the tail that can kill you.” - The Tao of Shinsei

The thing that most people know about scorpions is that they sting. For humans, those stings range from painful to deadly. For a smaller animal, you would expect scorpion stings to be even more deadly and even more to be avoided. But for some bats, scorpions are meals.

Hemprich’s long eared desert bat (Otonycteris hemprichii) doesn’t just make the occasional meal of a scorpion. At some poi........ Read more »

  • November 24, 2010
  • 07:40 AM

Physics of lapping lets cats drink without mess

by Captain Skellett in A Schooner of Science

First up, apologies on the lateness of my post. A whole week has gone past! Oh me! I humbly do beseech you to forgive this old salt and do throw myself upon the deck in penance. Me only defense is that I have just moved from Canberra to Adelaide, and me Schooner does need an [...]... Read more »

Reis, P., Jung, S., Aristoff, J., & Stocker, R. (2010) How Cats Lap: Water Uptake by Felis catus. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.1195421  

  • November 24, 2010
  • 07:26 AM

Find a home for your research paper, authors, related papers – ask Jane

by Grant Jacobs in Code for life

Jane here is not a woman’s name, but the Journal/Name Author Estimator.*
You take your abstract, plug it into a text field on the Jane web page, and press ‘Find journals’. Alternatively you can find authors or find articles.

Jane will take the words in the abstract and search a database built from Medline to locate the [...]... Read more »

Schuemie, M., & Kors, J. (2008) Jane: suggesting journals, finding experts. Bioinformatics, 24(5), 727-728. DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btn006  

  • November 24, 2010
  • 05:16 AM

The 'smell' of other people's anxiety makes us take more risks

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

When people are anxious they release a chemical signal that's detectable on a subconscious level by those close to them. That's the implication of a new study that collected sweat from people as they completed a high-rope obstacle course, and then tested the effect of that sweat on study participants as they played a gambling game.

Katrin Haegler's team placed the sweat samples inside odourless tea bags which were attached with an elastic band to the underside of the gambling participants' nose........ Read more »

Haegler K, Zernecke R, Kleemann AM, Albrecht J, Pollatos O, Brückmann H, & Wiesmann M. (2010) No fear no risk! Human risk behavior is affected by chemosensory anxiety signals. Neuropsychologia, 48(13), 3901-8. PMID: 20875438  

  • November 24, 2010
  • 04:30 AM

Haiti earthquake prompts guidelines for physicians doubling as journalists

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Reporting by TV docs in Haiti raises ethical issues From Electronic News In the wake of extensive television news reporting in Haiti by physicians, guidelines for physician-journalists in covering disasters are proposed in this article. With a trend for dual roles individuals can find it difficult to balance the duties and responsibilities of their two [...]... Read more »

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